Health and Lifestyle

Regular exercise staves off effects of brain aging

SYDNEY -- Regular exercise can increase the size of the human brain, a landmark Australian study has found.The research, published by Australia's National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) at Western Sydney University on Tuesday, revealed that aerobic exercise can significantly improve the... Read More

Contraceptives safe: FDA

MANILA -- The Food and Drug Administration (DFA) has declared 51 contraceptives, among them Implanon and Implanon NXT, as medically safe and non-abortifacient.Based on a resolution “on the applications for recertification filed by the Market Authorization Holders with opposition filed by... Read More

NCR, Region 3, 4-A hospitals on code blue for ASEAN Summit

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday placed all hospitals in the National Capital Region, Central Luzon and Calabarzon on blue alert in line with the country's hosting of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings."It will be elevated to Code Blue starting Sunday (today) until November... Read More

DOH bats for ASEAN policy on disaster health woes

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday cited the need for ASEAN member states to come up with a policy to address anti-microbial resistance (AMR) and disaster health concerns in the region."We need to come out with a policy among the different ASEAN member states on how to address the... Read More

Health chief seeks to boost vaccination rate for kids

MANILA – Health Secretary Dr. Francisco Duque III has sought the help of various stakeholders in improving the vaccination rate for children, which was at 70 percent in 2016, far from the health department’s target."Today, our vaccination coverage for fully immunized children or FIC is... Read More

Low calorie diet may help reverse type 2 diabetes

WASHINGTON -- A US study released Thursday revealed how a very low-calorie diet can rapidly reverse type 2 diabetes in rats.If confirmed in people, the insight provides potential new drug targets for treating this common chronic disease, said the researchers, according to the study published in the... Read More

FDA warns vs. fake Safeguard soaps

MANILA -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the public against purchasing and using counterfeit Safeguard Family Germ Protection Pure White 60-g. soap bars that are proliferating in the local market.In its Advisory No. 2017-291, the FDA said the fake Safeguard soaps could be... Read More

Big drug rehab centers could be ‘reconfigured’: Duque

MANILA – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said his department is open to the idea of "reconfiguring" the mega drug rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija province."Yung malalaking (The large) drug rehab centers should probably be reconfigured so they can provide services for the more... Read More

Breast cancer may return even years after treatment: study

WASHINGTON -- Women with a type of breast cancer fueled by estrogen still face a substantial risk of cancer returning or spreading, even 15 years after they finished standard treatment for the disease, a new study said Wednesday.Researchers from an international collaboration known as the Early... Read More

Aussie scientists develop drug to reduce obesity

SYDNEY -- Australian researchers have uncovered a drug that has the potential to reverse the negative effects of maternal obesity.The drug, known as NMN, increases energy metabolism and could provide the same benefits as exercise in the fight against obesity in children born to overweight... Read More

Advocates seek budget for mental health

MANILA – Advocates have asked Congress to hasten the passage of the proposed Philippine Mental Health Law and to include specific budgetary provisions to ensure its successful implementation.Citing global statistics, Dr. June Lopez of the Philippine Psychiatric Association (PPA) said one in 20... Read More

Duque okays use of medical cannabis for research

MANILA – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said his department approves of the use of medical marijuana for research purposes and in line with the provisions of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)."It is very important that we emphasize that in terms of what the FDA is allowed to do, it... Read More

Health chief vows to carry out reproductive health law

MANILA -- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said he will abide by his duty to fully implement the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law."We have to implement the law as a member of the executive branch and the bureaucracy. It is our duty to implement what is in the law," Duque... Read More

Palawan health personnel undergo sanitation training

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- The Department of Health (DOH) in MIMAROPA region is training sanitary inspectors and health personnel at the local level to prevent environmental hazards in the community.DOH regional director, Dr. Eduardo Janairo, said the “promotion of public health and... Read More

DOH to public: Keep cemeteries clean

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) is urging the public flocking to cemeteries to bring garbage bags as they visit and remember their departed loved ones in observance of All Saints' and All Souls' Day.“Magdala din tayo ng (Let us also bring) garbage bag,” said DOH Spokesperson Dr.... Read More

Age-friendly workplaces better for health of mature staff

CANBERRA -- Age-friendly workplaces and allowing employees to retire voluntarily contribute to longer careers and better overall health of retirees, according to Australian researchers who undertook a study of older Australians in the workplace.Using data from a decade-long national survey of 1,700... Read More

Medical marijuana must be strictly regulated: DOH chief

MANILA – Ad Interim Health Secretary Francisco Duque III has expressed support for the use of medical cannabis in the country, provided it is under strict regulation."It is supposed to be for compassionate use, so there must be a very narrow applicability and must be strictly regulated," Duque... Read More

PH Red Cross ready for Undas

MANILA --The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) will mobilize its 103 chapter staff and volunteers nationwide to ensure public safety and attend to medical needs in line with its Oplan Kaluluwa 2017 as many Filipinos travel to their home provinces and flock to cemeteries for All Saints' Day."Staff and... Read More

DOH Undas tip: Watch out for fatigue, stress

MANILA -- People heading for the cemeteries to observe All Saints' Day on Wednesday should take care not to tire or stress themselves out, the new spokesperson of the Department of Health (DOH) said.Fatigue and stress could lead to high blood pressure and heart attack, said Dr. Lyndon Lee... Read More

Study identifies genetic causes of asthma, hay fever, eczema

SYDNEY -- An Australian-led international study has pinpointed more than 100 genetic risk factors that explain why some people suffer from asthma, hay fever and eczema.The study is touted as the first of its kind "designed specifically to find genetic risk factors that are shared among the three... Read More